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Program #15204RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 3 — Sep 6, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms are located on 2nd through 5th floor, though Road Scholar participants are generaly placed on 3rd and above to be removed from street noise. Rooms are furnished with double, queen and/or king-sized beds, cable TV with remote control, heat and air conditioning. Every bathroom is equipped with a shower, though some are stall showers and some are in tubs. Some bathrooms are equipped with grab bars. As the bathrooms are a 20th century retrofit, the guest rooms are modestly-sized and differ in lay-out and configuration. Rooms are not equipped with telephones or alarm clocks. Small refrigerators are available for guest rooms by advance request.

Facility amenities: The family owned and operated Inn of Cape May features fifty one unique hotel rooms, each furnished with wicker and antiques, many featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean. Although the building is historic, it offers modern day comforts such as a lobby seating area with gas fireplace, WiFi in the public areas of the first floor and the front desk that is staffed 24 hours a day. The hotel does have a vintage elevator, which is not self-service. It must be operated by hotel personnel who are available 24 hours a day. There is a first floor restaurant and bar. Free guest parking is available directly across the street. A 15 minute loading space is directly in front of the main entrance and a bellman is available for convenient check-in. There is an in-ground pool, open seasonally. The hotel is on the oceanfront, just a short walk from the main pedestrian shopping area and within easy walking distance of many fine restaurants.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs; some only showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rate.
Rates vary by season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, September 03 - Wine & cheese welcome reception with fellow parti...
Wine & cheese welcome reception with fellow participants and instructors. Orientation to the program and to the town.

Note: All activities occur in hotel

Afternoon: Program registration in hotel lobby 3PM to 5PM. Registration for guest rooms begins at 4PM. Wine and cheese reception in dining room 5PM to 6PM.

Dinner: 6pm: Three-course, individually plated dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.

Evening: 7:30pm: Introductions of faculty, review of program schedule, logistics and menu, orientation to hotel and city of Cape May.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms are located on 2nd through 5th floor, though Road Scholar participants are generaly placed on 3rd and above to be removed from street noise. Rooms are furnished with double, queen and/or king-sized beds, cable TV with remote control, heat and air conditioning. Every bathroom is equipped with a shower, though some are stall showers and some are in tubs. Some bathrooms are equipped with grab bars. As the bathrooms are a 20th century retrofit, the guest rooms are modestly-sized and differ in lay-out and configuration. Rooms are not equipped with telephones or alarm clocks. Small refrigerators are available for guest rooms by advance request.

Facility amenities: The family owned and operated Inn of Cape May features fifty one unique hotel rooms, each furnished with wicker and antiques, many featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean. Although the building is historic, it offers modern day comforts such as a lobby seating area with gas fireplace, WiFi in the public areas of the first floor and the front desk that is staffed 24 hours a day. The hotel does have a vintage elevator, which is not self-service. It must be operated by hotel personnel who are available 24 hours a day. There is a first floor restaurant and bar. Free guest parking is available directly across the street. A 15 minute loading space is directly in front of the main entrance and a bellman is available for convenient check-in. There is an in-ground pool, open seasonally. The hotel is on the oceanfront, just a short walk from the main pedestrian shopping area and within easy walking distance of many fine restaurants.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs; some only showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rate.
Rates vary by season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, September 04 - Visits to the restored Cape May Lighthouse at Cap...
Visits to the restored Cape May Lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park and WWII sites

Note: All meal included. Trolley shuttles provided for field trips.

Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.

Morning: 9:45am: "From Captain Mey to Today": Richly illustrated lecture gives an overview of Cape May's maritime history from 1609 and Henry Hudson's first sighting of our shores to when our port is the third busiest on the East Coast. The Beacon- Cape May Lighthouse lecture. A Keeper from the Cape May Lighthouse presents a richly illustrated program on lighthouse legend and lore.

Lunch: 12:30pm: Lunch in the hotel dining room. Choice of two menu items, typically featuring soup or salad, half sandwiches, with dessert

Afternoon: 1:45pm: Cape May in WWII - Cape May, located at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, played an important role in the nation's homeland defenses during WWII. Learn about Fort Miles, enemy shipping, fighter training and more in this presentation. The lecture is followed by a field trip to Cape May Point State Park where participants may climb the 199 steps to the tower's lantern, and view the WWII gun emplacement. The group then shuttles to the WWII Tower and on to Sunset Beach. Final stop is Naval Air Station Wildwood, a WWII bomber training base.

Dinner: 6pm: Three-course, individually plated dinner served in hotel dining room. Choice of three menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian.

Evening: Down Memory Lane: An Evening of Music from the 40s and 50s. Join a local retired musician for a trip down memory lane and listen to the music that informed a generation. Using music clips, vintage images and live music, the presenters recreate the sounds and sights of an era. The presenter is a seasoned musician with years of band experience, including a stint as a military bandsman.

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Set aside your 21st Century mindset and return to an earlier era. Webster’s defines “quaint” as marked by skillful design, unusual or different in character or appearance, or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned. The Inn of Cape May is all of these. When it was built, it represented the latest in Victorian style. It is a classic representation of the Cape May of old, a good option for the budget conscious, and the place to feel what resort life was like in a simpler time. Each modestly-sized guest room has a different configuration with unpretentious furniture similar to what you would have seen in 1894. There may be either a queen- or a king-sized bed; few rooms have two beds. Because there were no closets then, there are shelves with clothes hooks. The concessions to modernity are retro-fitted bathrooms with showers, heat and A/C, and cable TV. The Inn of Cape May has a restaurant, bar, and in-ground pool. Public areas feature Victorian knick-knacks and architectural details. The quirky small elevator is original (and can only be operated by a member of the staff). What may be the most pleasing aspect for many is its location in one of the most delightful spots along the beachfront, within walking distance of the main pedestrian area, where you can relax during free time, rock on the verandah, and watch the ocean or the passing parade.

Contact info:
7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5555
web: www.innofcapemay.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms are located on 2nd through 5th floor, though Road Scholar participants are generaly placed on 3rd and above to be removed from street noise. Rooms are furnished with double, queen and/or king-sized beds, cable TV with remote control, heat and air conditioning. Every bathroom is equipped with a shower, though some are stall showers and some are in tubs. Some bathrooms are equipped with grab bars. As the bathrooms are a 20th century retrofit, the guest rooms are modestly-sized and differ in lay-out and configuration. Rooms are not equipped with telephones or alarm clocks. Small refrigerators are available for guest rooms by advance request.

Facility amenities: The family owned and operated Inn of Cape May features fifty one unique hotel rooms, each furnished with wicker and antiques, many featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean. Although the building is historic, it offers modern day comforts such as a lobby seating area with gas fireplace, WiFi in the public areas of the first floor and the front desk that is staffed 24 hours a day. The hotel does have a vintage elevator, which is not self-service. It must be operated by hotel personnel who are available 24 hours a day. There is a first floor restaurant and bar. Free guest parking is available directly across the street. A 15 minute loading space is directly in front of the main entrance and a bellman is available for convenient check-in. There is an in-ground pool, open seasonally. The hotel is on the oceanfront, just a short walk from the main pedestrian shopping area and within easy walking distance of many fine restaurants.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some rooms have tubs; some only showers.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rate.
Rates vary by season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, September 05 - A cruise on Cape May Harbor, followed by lunch on...
A cruise on Cape May Harbor, followed by lunch on the harbor, follwoed by a visit to the USCG Base, the only recruit training center in the US. Dinner in town.

Note: 3 meals included 2 field trips

Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.

Morning: 10:00am: Harbor History Cruise aboard the OPSPREY. Get up close views of nesting sea bird colonies, and a hands-on introduction to the wonders of the salt marsh as you learn the hisotry of Cape May's harbor. The OSPREY has both an open and enclosed viewing deck with sliding glass panoramic windows, and is very comfortable even on a cool breezy day. A restroom is aboard. Binoculars including ZEISS demo optics are available for passengers. Cruise lasts about two hours and will take participants directly to the Harbor View Marina for lunch.

Lunch: 12:30pm: Lunch on the harbor at Harbor View restaurant, overlooking the US Coast Guard Base and commercial fishing area. Choice of two menu items, with dessert and beverage.

Afternoon: 1:45pm: Field Trip to Fishermans Wharf and the US Coast Guard Base: A trolley shuttles the group from the restaurant to Fisherman's Wharf for a guided tour of the harbor and fishery. Cape May's harbor is the third largest port on the East Coast and there's always activity going on. A visit to the Coast Guard Base, the nation's only recruit training program follows.

Dinner: 6pm: Three-course, individually plated dinner at the Merion Inn . Choice of four or five menu items including meat, fish and vegetarian options.

Evening: Free night

Lodging: Inn of Cape May

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Friday, September 06 - Panel Discussion with several area WWII Veterans
Note: 2 meals 1 panel discussion Group remains in hotel until departure

Breakfast: 8:30am: Breakfast in hotel dining room. A hot breakfast is offered daily, with three different options offered in rotation during the week. Participants can also choose from oatmeal, fruit bowl, yogurt or cold cereal daily. Toast basket with jams and jellies also available.

Morning: 9:30am Cape May's World War II Veterans: Join several members of Cape May's "greatest generation" to learn about their military experiences. Final meeting with coordinator; diplomas distributed.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel. Box lunch available for early departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Cape May, NJ
Cape May County Historical Museum(609) 465-3535 The Museum contains extensive and varied exhibits including furnishings, costumes, tools and decorative and practical objects from the 17th to 20th centuries.
For additional information, visit: www.cmcmuseum.org
Leaming's Run Gardens(609) 465-5871 Leaming's Run Gardens is the largest annual garden in the USA - featuring acres of beautiful flowers, ferns, lawns and ponds.
For additional information, visit: www.leamingsrungardens.com/
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts(609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278 The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) was formed in 1970 to save the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate from the wrecker’s ball. Today, MAC operates the Physick Estate as Cape May’s only Victorian house museum. MAC has also restored and operates the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. A multi-faceted, non-profit cultural organization, MAC promotes the preservation and interpretation of Cape May’s Victorian heritage and the performing arts with a year-round schedule of special events and tours.
For additional information, visit: www.capemaymac.org
Naval Air Station WildwoodNaval Air Station Wildwood Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to restore Hangar #1 at the Cape May County Airport, Lower Township, New Jersey, into an aircraft museum honoring the 41 Naval airmen who perished while training there during World War II. Hangar # 1 was listed onto the National Register of Historic Places September, 1997. PHONE (609) 886-8787
For additional information, visit: www.usnasw.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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3 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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4.2
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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